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Stumbling to the Altar: Meet Mr. ‘I Would’

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FW-DEV1 Devan Sipher’s ‘The Wedding Beat’ By Leonora Desar Devan Sipher made his living for more than five years writing about some of New York’s most lavish weddings for the New York Times’ Vows column, even though he’s a forty-something single Jewish guy who spends Saturday nights alone in his Chelsea studio. Sipher’s debut novel The [&hellip
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Unions Will Have the Last Laugh on Cuomo: The governor has some repair work to do to recapture working vote

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By Alan Chartock It was organized labor unions that gave working people in this country a chance to share in the American dream. Now these same unions are under attack, and it shows in the decreasing numbers of Americans who join unions. Some of the problems, of course, have to do with the often incorrect [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Condo Developers Who Also Built a School

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By Vatisha Smith The Upper East Side was rocked by a fatal crane accident in 2008 that resulted in the deaths of two people. Fast-forward to September 2010 on the same site, where there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of The Azure and Middle School 114, located at 331 E. 91st St. Joseph [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Making a Real Impact in Community Service

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By Alexander Tucciarone Managing residential and commercial properties is Debra Fechter’s profession. Making sure these properties are located in strong, safe communities is her passion. As a partner of the Digby Management Company, Fechter is responsible for determining what makes properties valuable. In her personal life, she has shown that what made her so successful [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: A Personal Touch to the Glitziest Real Estate

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By Rachel Stern Fully furnished with both boldly colored modern furniture and rustic, midcentury antiques, seven turnkey apartments went on sale at The W Downtown at the beginning of January. Even with prices 28 percent higher than the building’s unfurnished units, all were snagged by the beginning of February. International investors purchased six of the [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Once Homeless, Now Homeless Shelter Volunteer

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By Max Sarinsky Thomas Williams has been through plenty of tough times, and he doesn’t want to forget them. After enduring a decade-long stretch of homelessness, Williams now volunteers at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on the Upper East Side—where he resided for six months—spending most of his shift just a few yards from the [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: A Comforting Presence in the Emergency Room

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By Sarah Amandolare Constance Peterson admits her job is intense. As director of patient services for the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Peterson encounters pain and suffering on a daily basis. “Short of on the battlefield,” she said, “most people in their work life don’t experience this.” Peterson, 58, has directed what’s called [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Handling a Patients Darkest Hour with Compassion and Care

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By Ashley Welch One could say that being a nurse is in Mary Cahill’s blood. The daughter of a nurse, she has three sisters who also took up the profession. “Being a nurse is not something that is foreign in my family,” she said with a laugh. In fact, Cahill, the nursing coordinator at the [&hellip
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